The Future of Academic Libraries: The Role of Resource Sharing
Academics, specifically, the framework of higher education, is responding to a demand for extraordinary change. Perhaps the most important component within that framework are the expectations of students seeking training, knowledge, and skills for learning. Information is created and shared rapidly and readily. The traditional, formal method of educational delivery is smashing into the informal ways people are living their lives amidst the developments and conveniences of technology. Libraries, often referred to as the “heart” of campuses, are already adapting to the wants and needs of the students navigating this 21st century mashup. Within those progressive libraries, resource sharers are busy transforming their workflows and services into dynamic support mechanisms. These departments and their masterminds are able to provide opportunities to their libraries, which allow a renovated approach to supporting students, educators, and ultimately, the graduates who build and sustain our communities.
This video series demonstrates how to utilize and engage your resource sharing department in such a way as to be the game changer of your library’s future. Perspectives shared cover the future of academic libraries, the role of resource sharing, impact and insights into collections, depth of knowledge and data gained, the value of support networks, assessment, library as "command center," and how to get started. We hope this series sparks ideas and change as well as conversations.